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There are quite a few different routes to get to Machrihanish.  Here are some tips and suggestions:

By Air :
There is a twice daily flight between Campbeltown and Glasgow International Airport from Monday to Friday inclusive.  For the morning flight the plane usually leaves Glasgow International Airport about 08.50 and arrives in Campbeltown about 09.40 and then returns to Glasgow about 10.00 arriving in Glasgow at 10.40 The afternoon flight leaves Glasgow about 16.35 and arrives in Campbeltown and then departs for Glasgow about 17.30 arriving in Glasgow at 18.10.  Full details about flight times and reservations these can be found through the airline FLYBE.

Sunday flights are planned from 14 June 2015 and operate until 27 September 2015 inclusive. 

The actual flight time is about 25 minutes and is a very scenic trip with great views over Arran, towards Ireland, Islay, Jura and the golf courses of Machrihanish.

Campbeltown Airport to Machrihanish is a short drive of about 10 minutes.

By Road:
From Glasgow International Airport, join the M8 at Junction 28, and follow the signpost to Greenock/Erskine Bridge.  Join the M898 which will then take you over the Erskine Bridge and turn left immediately after crossing the bridge and head for the A83 Crianlarich.  At Tarbet, at the top of Loch Lomond continue straight on at the Tarbet Hotel as this is now the A83 Campbeltown.  In Campbeltown, after passing the Esso Garage you will come to a ‘T-Junction’ where there is a branch of the Bank of Scotland.  Here, turn right and follow the B843 to Machrihanish.

Approximate journey times for this route to Machrihanish are:

      Glasgow International Airport       3 hours      
      Rest and be Thankful (Lochgoilhead turn off)    2 hours
      Inverary   1 hr 40 mins
      Lochgilphead   1 hr 10 mins
      Tarbert (Loch Fyne)          50 mins
      Campbeltown          10 mins

In terms of places to stop and eat en route, the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar comes highly recommended (near Inverary).  It also has an excellent shop which sells a vast range of fish and local game products.  Inverary has many places to visit and The George on Main Street is full of character and does good food.  Tarbert (Loch Fyne) has many pubs, restaurants, an idyllic harbour and a small keep on the hillside to explore.

The road leading up to the Rest and be Thankful has been prone to a lot of landslides recently – it is a good idea to check with Traffic Scotland that the route is all clear.

By Bus:
Scottish Citylink is the bus company which connects Campbeltown with Glasgow (Buchannan Street Bus Station).  To find out about timetables and purchase tickets click here to get to the Citylink website.

By Ferry:

Via Gourock/Dunoon and Portavadie/Tarbert

A popular route is catch a ferry from Gourock (M8) to Dunoon.  There are two operators who provide a service on this route Calmac and Western Ferries.  We have a preference for Western Ferries for this crossing and cheaper tickets can be purchased at the Newsagent in Sandbank.  From Dunoon cut across country to Portavadie, which takes about an hour and is single track in places.  The road passes through one of the most photographed views in Scotland – The Kyles of Bute and there are car parking places available. At Portavadie catch the Calmac ferry to Tarbert ( Loch Fyne).  This a restricted service so check ferry times.

Via Ardrossan/Brodick and Lochranza/Cloanig

Going via the island of Arran is another possibility.  Arran is a great island and has much to offer.  The ridgewalk on Goatfell is stimulating and challenging in places, Brodick Castle is worth a visit and of course there is Arran Aromatics for a bit of retail therapy.  Shiskine Golf Course is a must and is unique for having only 12 holes.  From the Ayrshire coast catch the Calmac ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick, then travel to the north west part of the island to Lochranza to catch the Calmac ferry to the Kintyre coast at Cloanaig.

Via Islay/Kennacraig

From Islay – boat arrives at Kennycraig Ferry Terminal  (50 mins drive to Campbeltown) and is operated by Calmac.

Via Ardrossan/Campbeltown

Starting from 30th April 2015 to 27th September 2015 the new ferry service icontinues from Ardrossan on the Ayrshire coast to Campbeltown and will be operated by Calmac.  It is to run three days a week and on Saturdays it will call in at Brodrick on Arran.

Via Ballycastle/Campbeltown

Finally, there is a regular passenger ferry service that connects Campbeltown to Ballycastle, Northern Ireland which operates mainly in the summer months.  It had a very successful season last year and encouraged a lot of golfers to cross the North Channel.  The route is operated by a local firm called Kintyre Express.  They also ferry passengers from the Ayrshire coast to Campbeltown by arrangement.

Car Hire in Campbeltown

  • Contact Kintyre Hire 01586 554480 or email enquires@kintyrehire.com
  • Meet and greet service available
  • Pre booking is advisable
  • Contact Campbeltown Motor Company 01586 552 030 or email cmc@peugeotmail.co.uk
  • Meet and greet service available
  • Pre booking is advisable